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Most Interesting Tourist Attractions in Abu Dhabi – Attractions that put Abu Dhabi on the map

Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates, is a global hub for finance and industry. However, Abu Dhabi is also a popular tourist destination with many remarkable attractions.


The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque

The Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque is a cultural and architectural marvel that was 20 years in the making. When this stunning mosque was finally opened in 2007, it instantly became one of the most iconic attractions of Abu Dhabi. Made of white Macedonian marble, intricate designs, beautiful wall and ceiling carvings and awe-inspiring mosaics and glass world, the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque can house up to 40,000 devotees and holds the title of being the largest mosque in the United Arab Emirates. The mosque is simply magnificent and a true symbol of Arabian craftsmanship and artistry.


Al Hosn

Al Hosn, also known as the White Fort, is the oldest existing structure in Abu Dhabi. Although regarded as a fort, Al Hosn is actually a palace. Built in 1793, Al Hosn was the seat of government in the 18th Century and also served as the residence of the first family of the government. Today, Al Hosn serves as a cultural centre and houses the Centre for Documentation and Research of Abu Dhabi's Cultural Foundation. One of the major highlights of Al Hosn is its architecture. The palace has undergone many modern renovations and the complementarities of the modern designs with the old architecture gives the structure a unique beauty. The remarkable courtyard, stunning white-washed ramparts and the cultural displays at Al Hosn are also some of the major highlights.


The Emirates National Auto Museum

The Emirates National Auto Museum is actually the private collection of automobiles and vehicles of Sheikh Hamad bin Hamdan Al Nahyan. Showcasing over 200 of the classiest and rarest land vehicles in the world, the Emirates National Auto Museum is sure to be of interest for any lover of cars. One of the most fascinating aspects of this museum is the fact that it houses many prototypes and concept cars; cars that you will see only at the Emirates National Auto Museum. Some of the highlights of the museum include the world's largest truck, extreme rare classic cars, military grade off-road vehicles, and even a glass-encased wall of SUV's! Many five star hotels in Abu Dhabi, including the likes of the Eastern Mangroves Hotel & Spa by Anantara, encourage their visitors to check out this amazing museum.


Yas Island

Yas Island is one of the most fascinating locations in Abu Dhabi. This man-made island was built to be a hub of tourist activity, and that is exactly what it has come to be. With many hotels, shopping options, fancy restaurants and iconic attractions, Yas Island certainly is a place that is well worth visiting. Among the top attractions at Yas Island are Ferrari World; home of the world's fastest rollercoaster, the Yas Marina Circuit; which hosts the Abu Dhabi F1 Grand Prix, and the Yas Waterworld; home to many award-winning rides and slides!


The Abu Dhabi Heritage Village

Have you wondered what life in Abu Dhabi was like before the Emirate developed into the thriving urban hub it is today? Well, you can find out for yourself at the Heritage Village. The Heritage Village in Abu Dhabi emulates a typical traditional Bedouin settlement, where traditional lifestyles and culture are practiced. Here you will get an insight into the main economies that thrived before the advent of oil, such as pearl diving, agriculture and the creation of handicrafts for trading purposes. As you experience the simpler day-to-day activity of what life was like before Abu Dhabi was developed, you will also see just how far the Emirate of Abu Dhabi has come over the years.